Syllabus

Home assignment(s) are to be completed that day or evening and when required are to be turned in the following class session.

Remember 100% of course work must be completed in order to pass this course.

Your instructor will assign specific due dates during class.

 

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Sample Syllabus

 

Mod 1

Hour 1 – Getting Ready to Drive: Your Controls Seat and Feet

  • Driver Vehicle Readiness
  • Orientation to Controls
  • Moving, Stopping & Steering Smoothly
  • Brake/Gas/Dead Pedal
  • Reading Assignments

Hour 2 – Getting Ready to Drive: Your Hands & Your Eye

  • Entrance Exams 1 & 2
  • What 9 Risk Factors?
  • Orientation to Controls
  • Moving, Stopping & Steering Smoothly
  • Target and Vision Usage
  • Transition Pegs
  • Simulated Steering Activity
  • Assignments

Hour 3 – Uniting Driver and Vehicle

  • Review concepts from Module 1
  • Module 1 Exit Exam
  • Home Assignments

Mod 2

Hour 4 – Reading Signs, Signals and Vehicle Position

  • Entrance Exam 3
  • Signs Signals & Markings
  • Speed Limits
  • Reference Points
  • Entering Traffic Flows Smoothly Safely
  • Securing and Exiting the Vehicle

Hour 5 – Reading Gauges & Entering Traffic

  • Entrance Exam 4
  • Activity – Identify Vehicle Gauges & Warning Devices
  • Entering, Crossing and Leaving Traffic Flow

Hour 6 – Entering Traffic & Precision Turns

  • Entering Traffic Flow from Curbside Model Roadway Activity
  • Precision Turns, Stopped and Moving Model Roadway Activity
  • Precision Turns
  • Home Assignments

Hour 7 – Knowing Where You Are

  • Review concepts from Module 1
  • Module 6 Exit Exam

Mod 3

Hour 8 – Regulations, Risk Management & Accurate Tracking

  • Entrance Exam 5
  • Oregon Insurance Laws and Regulations
  • Risk vs. Gain
  • Eliminating & Managing Risks
  • Control Tracking and Targeting Path

Hour 9 – Curves, LOS-POT’s & Backing Maneuvers

  • Entrance Exam 6
  • Control of Tracking and Targeting Path: Model Roadway Activity
  • Introduction to LOS – POT’s
  • Activity Brainstorm Neighborhood LOS – POT’s
  • Introduction to Backing: Model Roadway Activity
  • Home Assignments

Hour 10 – You Are in Control

  • Review concepts from Module 3
  • Module 3 Exit Exam

Mod 4

Hour 11 – Searching with Accurate Perception

  • Introduction to the Zone Control System
  • Perception and Accurate Searching: PEP Activity
  • The Three Searching Ranges: PEP Activity
  • Judging Space in Seconds: PEP Activity

Hour 12 – Safety Restraints and Parking Maneuvers

  • Entrance Exam 8
  • Restrain Systems
  • Video: Seatbelts, They Work if You Wear Them
  • Forward and Angle Parking Model Roadway Activity
  • Home Assignments

Hour 13 – Searching for LOS-POT’s

  • Review concepts from Module 4
  • Module 4 Exit Exam

Mod 5

Hour 14 – Communication & Intersection Control

  • Entrance Exam 9
  • Sending and Receiving Communications
  • You Control the Intersection

Hour 15 – Rear zone Control and Stopping in Traffic

  • Entrance Exam 10
  • Video Clip – 45 Degree Searches
  • You Control the Intersection
  • PEP Activity A: Fastest Computer on Earth.
  • Rear Zone Condition Recognition
  • Stopping in Traffic – PONR
  • Blind-spot Checks
  • Home Assignments

Hour 16 – You Control the Intersection

  • Review concepts from Module5
  • Module 5 Exit Exam

Mod 6

Hour 17 – Timing Lights and Managing Space

  • Traffic Lights Timing & Turning Left
  • Highest risk of crash exposure
  • Problem Solving Activity: Managing Time & Space
  • Find, Solve & Control
  • Backing Perpendicular Park

Hour 18 – Changing Lanes, Parking & Begin the Deadly D’s

  • Entrance Exam 10
  • Precision Lane Changes: PEP Activity
  • Lane Change with Precision: Model Roadway Activity
  • Backing into Perpendicular Parking Spaces: Model Roadway Activity
  • Drinking, Drugs & Driving: Demonstration: The affects of alcohol on vision and coordination.
  • Home Assignments

Hour 19 – Drinking, Drugs, Distractions & Driving

  • Entrance Exam 11
  • BAC Implied Consent Law, Open Container Law and MIP
  • Drinking, Drugs & Driving – PEP Activity
  • Distractions: Brainstorm Activity
  • Video Clip: Dialing and Driving

Hour 20 – Managing Space, Drinking, Drugs & Distractions

  • Review concepts from Module 6
  • Module 6 Exit Exam

Mod 7

Hour 21 – Rules of the Road Review, Curves and Hills

  • Responding to Laws Activity
  • Approaching Curves and Hill Crests
  • Video Clips: Car in a Circle, Evaluating Drivelines
  • Demonstration: Traction Grip Comparison
  • Demonstration: How Speed, Vehicle and Load Affect Control
  • Walking Car Performance Approaching Curves: PEP Activity
  • Home Assignments

Hour 22 – Rules of the Road, Following Other Traffic & LOS-POT’s

  • Review Driver Manual Study Questions
  • Following Time & Space
  • Video Clips: Techniques with a Car in Front, Following Others Time &
  • Space, Measuring Following Distance, New York City
  • “When I say stop” PEP Activity
  • Commentary Driving Practice Activity

Hour 23 – Interacting With Others

  • Review concepts from Module 7
  • Module 7 Exit Exam

Mod 8

Hour 24 – Timing Side Zone & Parallel Parking

  • Entrance Exam 12
  • Timing Side Zones: Best Separation Activity
  • Parallel Parking PEP Activity
  • Home Assignments

Hour 25 – Winter Driving and Vehicle Control

  • Small Group Problem-Solving: “8 Inches of Snow” PEP Activity
  • “Gripometer” PEP Activity
  • “Traction for Action” PEP Activity
  • Demonstrations: Loss of Traction
  • Demonstration: To Correct See Off-Target Condition
  • Demonstration: The Widow of Opportunity
  • Practice Targeting for Detection and Correction: PEP Activity

Hour 26 – Interacting With Others Review concepts from Module 7

  • Module 8 Exit Exam

Mod 9

Hour 27 – Managing Risky Situations

  • Night Driving Packets Due
  • Home Assignments

Hour 28 – Sharing the Road and Emergency Situations

  • Entrance Exam 13 Score
  • Demonstration & Discussion: Systematic Searches
  • Discussion: Sharing the Road with Motorcycles, Bicycles and Trucks
  • Evasive-Steering vs. Following Space Activity

Hour 29 – Emergency Situations

  • Emergency Maneuvers: PEP Activities
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Fuel Conservation

Hour 30 – Managing Driver, Vehicle and Environmental Risk and Review concepts from Module 9

  • Module 9 Exit Exam
  • Home Assignments

Hour 31 – Limited Access Highways & Licensing Requirements

  • Discussion: HA 10.01 Diamond Interchange
  • The Traffic Stop
  • Video Clips: Traffic Stop 01, 10.04 Traffic Stop 02

Hour 32 – Concept Review

  • Model Habit Review: PEP Activity
  • Turn in Driving Logs

Hour 33 – Putting It All Together

  • Final Exam Score
  • Home Assignments